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Italian/English Parallel Text: La sorpresa (A1)

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Rated 4.70 out of 5 based on 50 customer ratings
(50 customer reviews)

Learn Italian with parallel texts: an original story in Italian with an accompanying English translation!

Amanda and Davide are a happy young couple, despite the fact they live in different cities. To celebrate their anniversary, Amanda decides to surprise Davide. But things don’t go the way she had planned…

  • .pdf e-book
  • original text in Italian / translation in English
  • 8 short chapters to read and study
  • Suitable for students at any level
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Delivery: you will receive an automatic email with a download link immediately after completing your order. The download link is valid for three downloads and expires after seven days (so save a copy of the .pdf!)

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Learn Italian with parallel texts: an original story in Italian with an accompanying English translation!

Amanda and Davide are a happy young couple, despite the fact they live in different cities. To celebrate their anniversary, Amanda decides to surprise Davide. But things don’t go the way she had planned…

  • .pdf e-book
  • original text in Italian / translation in English
  • 8 short chapters to read and study
  • Suitable for students at any level
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Delivery: you will receive an automatic email with a download link immediately after completing your order. The download link is valid for three downloads and expires after seven days (so save a copy of the .pdf!)

Parallel Texts – How To View The Chapters Side-By-Side!

Viewing the chapters of your parallel text ebook side by side (so as to compare the different languages) is not hard, but probably won’t happen automatically.

There are a few simple, free things you’ll need to do first.

The file is a .pdf so will open with whatever the default .pdf reader on your device is.

These can vary and will probably NOT show the chapters side-by-side, as intended.

For this reason, we recommend the free Adobe Reader, which is installed on many computers in any case.

If you don’t have it, download it here (though I’d suggest un-checking the ‘Optional Offers’…)

Once you have Adobe Reader installed, this is what you do:

  1. Download the file
  2. Don’t just click on it or it will open in a browser, which probably works differently
  3. Instead, view it in your device’s downloads file
  4. Open with Adobe Reader (right click on the file, choose ‘Open with’, select Adobe Reader)
  5. In Adobe Reader…
  6. Look in the menu (at the top) for ‘View’, then choose ‘Page display’
  7. Choose ‘two page view’ (for the parallel text) or ‘single page view’ for normal documents
  8. Use ‘View’ / ‘Read mode’ to make the text larger or smaller so that it fits your screen
  9. Use the ‘zoom’ and ‘page up/down’ buttons to navigate through the book

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.pdf ebook

50 reviews for Italian/English Parallel Text: La sorpresa (A1)

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Rhesa Janubas (verified owner)

    Good book. Gave me confidence in my Italian. The storyline is quite engaging too

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    mkowens76 (verified owner)

    I have been learning Italian for three years by myself, so I have a mixed level. It can be very hard to find easier books to read. I am past this level, but thoroughly enjoyed reading something as smoothly as I would read in English. I believe I will read is several times looking at all the sentence structures. Every site, page, book, etc, has something to offer and I will profit from reading this well-done short work. Grazie!

  3. Rated 1 out of 5

    ajunef (verified owner)

    Not read

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Barry Edwards (verified owner)

    I now have a few of these easy readers and find them really helpful in improving my Italian. This was a nice easy read for me, and although I have the english translation I still listen to the audio on soundcard. I feel ready to progress to more advanced levels now and I have already purchased Columbus. Great readers, keep them coming.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jane (verified owner)

    Great little book with dual language text. Bite sized chapters allow you to get into the story without becoming overwhelmed if you are a beginner. For those a level above, the English version serves as a quick checkpoint for any unknown words and to check the differences in the structure of the phrases between the languages. The topic allows for suspense to build regarding how this story will end, which keeps interest. Very much enjoyed.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Allison (verified owner)

    Being free, this is a good test with a nice storyline to gauge ease of reading and therefore level. I am currently studying at A2 and found this relatively easy but can also use it to learn the grammar and sentence structure rather than the need to translate words. Thanks.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Frances Daniel (verified owner)

    La Sorpresa has given me some much needed confidence! I was able to understand the Italian without looking up any vocabulary. I am thinking now of seeing if I can translate some of the English portions back into Italian without looking at the Italian portion.
    This is a great story to read aloud as a way to practice pronunciation.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    alma.degraef (verified owner)

    I want to thank you for the nice suprise of this free book. Although i am not english i find it very amusing and well done.
    The italian text was very easy to understand.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gomati Sekhar (verified owner)

    Questo libro è molto semplice e divertente. Usa le parole che sappiamo ma che esitante usare. Anche la storia è interessante e ho finito leggere in un giorno. È buona pratica per la grammatica e per parlare. Ho letto ad alto voce e mi sono divertita. Spero di ci sono molti libri quegli interessanti da te. Grazie mille.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    William Carmichael (verified owner)

    Mi piace questo libro.
    È molto facile leggere.
    Ho pensato che forse la sorpresa sarebbe Davide ha una altra ragazza e Amanda sarebbe molto triste.
    Un finale molto infelice e triste!
    Ma Davide era della casa di Amanda con una cena e una torta.
    Bravo Davide! Che romantico!
    Un finale molto felice!
    Mi dispiace. Scusa il mio povero italiano. Io provo scrivere italiano ogni giorno.
    Grazie!

  11. Rated 4 out of 5

    dick (verified owner)

    excellent reading for beginners. Surprising what you know and can learn just by reading.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Angela (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed reading the story about Amanda and Davide (glad it was a happy ending). I found the story easy to understand and only had to look up a couple of words in the English chapter. I will re-read the story so that I can continue to practice my grammar. Thank you.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    alexas (verified owner)

    La sorpresa was simple to understand, not too long and kept me interested. It was a good story and helped to reinforce grammar and vocabulary learned recently.

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    Dot Plank (verified owner)

    Very nice.. Easy to follow along , great to practice both hearing and reading Italian.
    thank you for your efforts to help us learn.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anna Marie C (verified owner)

    I am a beginner and I loved that I could check what I was reading in English. I was actually surprised at how much of the story I got correct. I still have alot to learn and if there wasn’t an English part to check I wouldn’t have been able to check what I didn’t understand.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anita (verified owner)

    Fun story……excellent way to practice grammar , ….. maybe learn a few new words and sharpen comprehension. I always enjoy the easy readers and La Sorpresa was no disappointment.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gosia (verified owner)

    Intresting and nice story. A perfect book for the beginner.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nancy Dunbar (verified owner)

    Authentic, level-appropriate Italian texts are hard to find, so I really treasure books like this. As it turned out, this book was perhaps a little too easy for me — I could read it pretty much straight through. But still, comparing the Italian and English constructions was quite interesting and the parallel text was helpful for understanding some new words. My only wish is that it were longer!!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wim Muylaert (verified owner)

    Very nice e-book for beginners, and I love the parallel text so you can even learn the words faster.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jane Singer

    It was a bit easy for me but enjoyed being able to read with interest without much effort. This is because the story retains your attention, even in simple language.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Richard (verified owner)

    After being away from an interactive Italian language setting for a couple of years, my self study approach from an old classroom text was really losing steam. But after two days in a row of reading from the A1 Italian readers, I realized that beyond seeing what vocabulary I did and didn’t know, I realized I was intuiting the meaning of words I had not encountered before simply through the context of the story. There was a real feeling that the words and phrases that were new would stick. That part of the brain that has a natural desire to communicate was activated again (which is really many parts of the brain at once). That becomes the impetus. In contrast to pushing through vocabulary lists and conjugations, any new words or old forgottens have natural relevance and are either unearthed and reactivated or integrated into memory. Bravo!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elspeth Wardrop (verified owner)

    Ideal reading practice – it encourages guessing the end and reading to confirm.

  23. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Lever (verified owner)

    A good simple story and the parallel text allows you to check your understanding without using a dictionary. The right sort of length to retain interest. For me it would also be helpful to have the audio.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    lori.laposta (verified owner)

    How fun and rewarding it is to read a book in Italian with interesting content. I found myself not wanting to put it down. I realized after reading reviews by others that many conjectured accurately what the ending was to be, but I had a more mischevious twist to the story in my expectation and was pleasantly surprised at the happy ending! Thank you for continuing to make reading and learning Italian enjoyable!

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Francesca Kelly (verified owner)

    Five stars!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Judith O’Loughlin (verified owner)

    I enjoyed reading the book but found the level too easy. I’ll have to try one of the more challenging ones as I think the concept is great. Thanks for the opportunity to try it for free.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ileana Ramallo Rosset (verified owner)

    Easy to read . Good for the beginners . Thanks

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karen Dhaliwal (verified owner)

    Another easily read book. Having the English text available allowed one to easily check the odd unfamiliar word.

  29. Rated 4 out of 5

    Andrew gardiner (verified owner)

    Interesting colourful early reader . A good stimulus for my Italian journey.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    rosiew0707 (verified owner)

    An enjoyable story, particularly because it was easy to read and managed to introduce unfamiliar words which one could understand from their context, so you did not loose the flow.
    Rosie Wells
    rosiew0707@gmail.com

  31. Rated 3 out of 5

    Rose Ferreri (verified owner)

    Cute story. Easy to understand. But too short. Expected more text.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Giovanni (verified owner)

    Excellent. Not too difficult and contains some useful phrases.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jim K (verified owner)

    A fun read and while the story’s end was not a surprise I think that actually helps with understanding new things. Since you can anticipate a little bit what is being said so that when new words or verb tenses arise you and work through them.

  34. Rated 4 out of 5

    Anne (verified owner)

    I found the parallel text good for looking up vocabulary words but not all that helpful in general. Because the syntax and sentence structure are different, it was better to get used to the way they are in Italian than to refer back to the English.

    As far as the story goes, it was no surprise at all–the ending was telegraphed from the beginning.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Zsuzsanna Snarey (verified owner)

    I have been helped to find the audio by Daniel. I looked at the sample chapter of the same story as the parallel text in the shop and there is a link to SoundCloud. You need the app before being able to listen but then it is straightforward.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    belljennie (verified owner)

    This, my second Italian reader, is a better story than Il Ristorante, with more complication to it. It was more engaging and challenging. I will need to read it several times to understand more easily, and this idea is very pleasing.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anna Mitchell (verified owner)

    Very good indeed. Easy to read. I highlight in different colours the words and phrases to learn.
    Hopefully it will help me with sentence structure, which I find so difficult. Many thanks.

  38. Rated 4 out of 5

    Joanne Horsley

    Great very helpful for my study.

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Juliet (verified owner)

    My first experience of parallel text and I find it really helpful. Getting La Sorpressa for free was such a delight! This reading has given my confidence a great boost. many thanks!

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    rosiew0707 (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed reading this story , probably because it was so easy that I didn’t have to keep looking words up, and so could think more about the sentence construction. Interesting to see someone has managed to pay with amazon as I have found this impossible and did not really want to use pay pal. A friend signed me in as a guest but I’m pretty sure that order has not gone through either!

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    KATERINA ALVERATSIDOU (verified owner)

    All books are good books especially when you are learning a new language. it helped me to feel good with myself and confident with my study. thanks a lot!!!

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jane (verified owner)

    This was my first parallel text book. I like the format but I realized that my reading comprehension is way better than my listening comprehension. There were only a few sentences that I had to check the English to make sure I understood. The story was suspenseful and kept my interest. I would go up a level or two on my my next one. I am excited to read the other easy readers I purchased. Also, It was great to use my amazon account to pay since I wasn’t sure about buying with a different currency. I found the downloads easy and I opened them in ibooks using my ipad. I am glad I found the online Italian Club! Grazie!

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Zsuzsanna Snarey (verified owner)

    I enjoyed reading La sorpresa. It was easy to understand even without looking at the parallel text. I could guess the words I didn’t know. But I would have liked to listen to the story as well. I love the sound of Italian and would like to speak it well.

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Zsuzsanna Snarey (verified owner)

    I enjoyed reading La sorpresa. It was easy to understand and even without the parallel text it was possible to guess the words I did not know. I would like to listen to the story but I am not sure how. I love the sound of the Italian language and would like to be able to speak it well.

  45. Rated 4 out of 5

    jrkibby (verified owner)

    As others have observed, this is a very quick and easy read and thus quite good for both ego and confidence-boosting purposes. I didn’t need the assistance of the parallel text, but for a total beginner, it seems it would have been very helpful because of its user-friendly layout. Personally, however, I find the easy readers with their audio recordings more beneficial than the dual-language texts, but that’s just my preference. Perhaps the perfect blend would be to have both the Italian language audio and the English translation for the same book — whoever said you can’t please all the people all the time?!?!

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Caroline (verified owner)

    An easy read, great to have the parallel text. A good way to develop language skills. Would like to read more of these books.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Valerie Power (verified owner)

    La Sorpresa was an easy read. I finished it very quickly so I am confident that I can read more of these books, maybe even a higher level. I am very pleased with myself! 😊

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lynne F (verified owner)

    So proud of myself I read the whole book ,only a couple of words that I didn’t know. I tried to work them out in context before reading the English text. Reading Italian really helps me with Italian sentence structure , so different to English!

  49. Rated 4 out of 5

    Susie (verified owner)

    It was good to read and the parallel text made it even better for improving my Italian. I agree it is good for the ego, when one can pretty well understand all of it. Great for general revision of words and phrases already learned.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Frank Baratta

    La Sorpresa is a very nice reader for the beginner. It is an easy reader that is good for practicing reading and listening skills. The book keeps your interest up because there is some suspense as to how the story will develop and end. The interest level helps the student to stay with the reading while the easy text is good for the ego.

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